I think I missed read an article this week, thinking that there was going to be a new curriculum by 2021. What I failed to read was that this was going to be in Wales…ooops. Throughout my practice I have survived several curriculums which have been brought in by new and existing governments. I remember when the science curriculum had 15 (?) attainment targets and when mathematics had data handling and shape rather than statistics and geometry. Seeing the start of the new curriculum in WALES I was interested to hear the phrases, ‘fit for the 21st century’, ‘creative’ and ‘driven by latest national and international thinking’. It got me thinking, if I was to create or suggest a new curriculum what would it be – hence the title of this week’s waffle.
This weekend has been one of those weekends when everything seems to come at once. It was open day at university, the clocks have gone back an hour and the pump on my water cooled PC appears to be having problems and might need to be replaced. Although most of Saturday was taken up with work, I’m still trying to keep up to date with both my streaming schedule and my blogging. It was, however, at Open Day that the idea for this week’s waffle first started as a seed in the quagmire compost where my waffling ideas sprout. Do we learn because we are curious or because we have to?
I completed a course over the summer by Colin Gray on podcasting. As well as tackling the technical techniques (don’t you just love alliteration) it had a module on thinking about marketing strategies and your audience. The tagline for my blog has always been teaching, tech and twaddle, and I think this represents how my mind works when thinking about topics to waffle about. This week I want to return to teaching and how I use the application Padlet.